World leaders react to Iran nuclear deal

Published July 14th, 2015 - 12:27 GMT
Al Bawaba
Al Bawaba

Leaders from all over the world have started to react to the historic nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 world powers achieved in the Austrian capital of Vienna.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Tuesday that the UN Security Council was expected to pass a resolution within days to approve the nuclear deal.

"A resolution will be very quickly presented to the UN Security Council... It's a matter of days," Laurent Fabius told a press conference in Vienna.

He said the nuclear deal could "normalize" Tehran's international relations and even help resolve certain crises in the Middle East.

"This is an historic deal in its aim and because it can help facilitate a normalization of Iran's international relations," Fabius said, adding that he hoped it would "help a certain number of crises in which it (Iran) is directly or indirectly involved be resolved more easily."

Russian Foreign Mininster Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday that the agreement on Iran nuclear program removed all sanctions and also gave it the right to pursue “peaceful atom”.

According to the Sputnik news wire, Lavrov said Russia would be actively involved in implementing the Iran deal.

UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the deal was the culmination of over a decade of complex negotiations. “Under the agreement, Iran will grant the International Atomic Energy Agency access to verify adherence to the restrictions placed on its nuclear programme, giving the international community confidence that the programme is, and will remain, exclusively peaceful."

"In return, once Iran has taken key steps to introduce these restrictions, the international community will lift some of its sanctions on Iran, delivering significant economic and financial benefits," Hammond said.

He also said that the international community also recognized the concerns of the Gulf states. "We will maintain our clear position in support of the Gulf states and against Iranian interference in their internal affairs. We hope, and expect, that this agreement will herald a step-change in Iran's relations with its neighbours and with the international community," he added.

Pakistan also welcomed the Iran nuclear deal. Pakistani Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz said in a statement that the nuclear deal would pave the way for the stalled Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline project, which had been pending for years due to international sanctions on Iran. Aziz said the deal would also pave the way for better trade relations between Pakistan and Iran.

Earlier, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said: "The nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 group is not a perfect agreement, but it is a historic moment."

"Today could have been the end of hope…but today we are starting a new chapter of hope," Zarif added.

Meanwhile, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini defined the final nuclear deal as the beginning of a new era in diplomacy.

"Iran nuclear deal opens new chapter; shows diplomacy can overcome decades of tensions," she said.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also welcomed the agreement between the P5+1 states and Iran to limit Iran’s nuclear work.

Ban made the remark on the sidelines of the 3rd Financing for Development International Conference being held in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Tuesday.

“I warmly welcome the historic agreement reached between the P5+1 and Iran,” the UN chief said. “It is a testimony to the value of dialogue.”

“This agreement will contribute to future understanding and it could solve global problems and immensely contribute to the stability of the region and the world,” he added.

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